Down on the farm

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NOTE: Three 2013 Hernando County graduates, Hernando High’s Christian Arroyo (San Francisco Giants) and Brandon Lawson (Tampa Bay Rays), and Springstead’s Brandon Brosher (New York Mets), are currently playing professional baseball, working their way up through the minor leagues within their respective organizations. Hernando Sun will track their progress weekly throughout the next few months.
Christian Arroyo finally returned from the disabled list on Saturday, playing for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats for the first time since getting struck on his left hand by a pitch on June 14.
The first-round pick out of high school walked and struck out in his first two plate appearances against the Fresno Grizzlies, then was hit again in the same hand and this time suffered a fracture of the third metacarpal. The injury figures to keep him out until at least September, and could threaten to sideline him the remainder of the season.
Arroyo has played in 24 games for the River Cats, hitting .400 with four home runs and 16 runs batted in. He also scored 18 runs.

Hernando High alum Brandon Lawson pitching for the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Photo provided by Charlotte Stone Crabs

Brandon Lawson made two appearances out of the bullpen for the Advanced Single-A Charlotte Stone Crabs this past week. In an 8-4 loss to the Tampa Yankees on Tuesday, the 22-year-old right-hander came on with a man on first base and one out in the top of the sixth inning.
Lawson was victimized by some tough breaks during that outing, giving up a bunt single and another base hit deflected by the shortstop that scored an inherited run. He rebounded with a groundout and a strikeout to avoid further damage.
On Sunday, versus the Palm Beach Cardinals, Lawson tied his longest outing of the season, going three innings while giving up four runs on six hits. He struck out three.
Over 25 appearances this season, Lawson is 2-2 with four saves, posting a 5.22 earned run average. He has struck out 29 batters in 39.2 innings.

Springstead graduate Brandon Brosher batting for the Brooklyn Cyclones last season. Photo submitted

Brandon Brosher, with the Single-A Columbia Fireflies, had a strong series against the Lexington Legends. After sitting out Monday’s series opener, he started at designated hitter on Tuesday and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
At first base on Wednesday, Brosher was 2-for-4 with a two-out, two-run double in the top of the first. He also scored a run and stole his fourth base of the season, helping the Fireflies to a 5-4 win.
Back at DH on Thursday, Brosher ended up going 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, again helping Columbia jump out to an early lead by driving in a run with a two-out single in the top of the first.
Brosher wasn’t back in the lineup until starting at first base on Sunday, ending up 1-for-4 with a double. That marked his fourth two-bagger of the year.
Those four games raised his average 20 points to .225, going along with five home runs, 13 RBI and 14 runs in 32 games.
Follow Chris Bernhardt Jr. on Twitter @cpbernhardtjr.

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